Winter comes (essentially it is already here, although not quite official yet), but the cold temps have arrived and along with it the common experience of skin dryness. Changes in temperature and humidity can affect the skin. Fortunately, certain healthy oral supplements can help condition your skin so that it is less likely to become dry in the winter months.
Dry Skin In Winter
The cold months are the time when your skin is most likely to dry out. This makes sense, considering that the skin is the outermost layer of the body and therefore particularly subject to the external elements.
There are a few different reasons that skin tends to dry out in winter.
One reason has to do, of course, with the weather. Cold temperatures, as well as harsh winds and heavy precipitation, can strip the skin of its natural moisturizing oils. Additionally, turning up the heat indoors can also contribute to dry skin, because it diminishes the amount of moisture in the air. Because of these elements, the amounts of moisture and lipids present on the epidermis (outer layer of skin) decreases, leading to dryness.
Symptoms typically include flaky skin, redness, rough patches, itching, and feelings of rawness on the skin. The likelihood of experiencing dry skin varies from one person to the next; Age, gender, and many other environmental factors can play a part.
Remedies for Dry Skin
There are, of course, multiple strategies of treatment for dry skin, such as moisturizers and other skin treatments. But not all people with dry skin might wish to use them. Certain oral supplements that have multiple potential advantages can be of particular benefit to the skin, by alleviating dryness.
Collagen is the protein which is the predominant structural component of skin. Studies have shown that supplementing with collagen is correlated with increases in the hydration of skin, as well as increases in the elasticity of skin, which is a sign of skin hydration and health.
Vitamin D is instrumental in skin health. It is integral for the skin barrier and “skin immune system,” which keeps pathogens from entering the body. Research has shown low levels of vitamin D to be associated with skin dryness, as well as the symptoms that occur due to eczema and psoriasis. Furthermore, some studies have clearly established a link between increased vitamin D intake and increased skin moisture.
Fish oil has many potential benefits. The fatty contents of fish oil can support the skin’s fatty acid barrier, which bolsters skin’s ability to retain moisture. It has also been shown to help alleviate some of the symptoms of psoriasis, including dry and cracked skin.
Aloe vera is a skin remedy that can help not just for sunburn, but for dry skin as well. Aloe vera contains compounds called mucopolysaccharides which have a hydrating effect. Aloe vera can be taken as an oral supplement or applied directly to the skin in topical form.
Dealing with dry skin in the winter months does not have to be a pain. Regular use of one or more of the above supplements can help prevent skin dryness and its associated symptoms. Talk to your doctor about using these supplements for healthy, moisture-retaining skin.